Dr Leon Benade

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Senior Lecturer, Director of Research

Phone: 09 921 9999 Ext 7931

Email: leon.benade@aut.ac.nz

Physical Address:

School of Education, AUT North Shore Campus
90 Akoranga Drive, Northcote, Auckland.

Postal Address:

School of Education, AUT North Shore Campus
Private Bag 92006, Auckland 1142.

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Qualifications:

  • Doctor of Education
  • Master of Education
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Education).

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Biography:

Leon Benade is the Director of Research and his main research interests are teachers' work, school policy, ethics, philosophy in schools, critical pedagogy, and the New Zealand Curriculum. Leon's current research work focuses on how '21st century learning' impacts the work of teachers and school leaders, particularly in relation to the establishment of Innovative Learning Environments (ILE) and digital pedagogies. Related areas of interest include the question of teachers' critical reflective practice and the evolving role and nature of the concept of 'knowledge' in the 21st century curriculum.

Leon is a member of the Research Associations of New Zealand (NZARE) and Australia (AARE). He is co-editor of the New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies and the New Zealand Journal of Teachers’ Work. He is also Associate Editor of the Open Review of Educational Research. Leon contributes further to the research environment by his work as a consulting reviewer for several international journals. the Australian Journal of Teacher Education, Policy Futures in Education and Educational Philosophy and Theory.

His teaching interests include — the philosophy of education, education policy, learning environments research and the theory of research.

Teaching Areas:

  • Concepts in Educational Research (MEd)
  • Learning Environments for the 21st Century
  • Postgraduate research supervision.

Completed Supervisions:

MEd:

  • Rebekah Brandon: Rwandan teachers' enacted beliefs. Completed 2013 (with distinction).
  • Craig Arnold: Recruit, Reward, Retain: The new 3Rs of New Zealand Education. Completed 2015.
  • Nick Boston: The experience of adult undergraduate students transitioning to higher education. Completed 2017 (with distinction)
  • Melanie Patrix: The influence of innovative learning environments on student learning in a mainstream secondary school context. Completed 2017 (with distinction)

M.Phil:

  • Shraddha Sharma
    Thesis title: Issues in creating the Economics digital classroom in a New Zealand secondary school – a case study. Completed 2017.

EdD:

  • Jane Morgan: Emergent dual practice: An exploratory descriptive study of health graduates' professional practice in interprofessional contexts. Completed 2014.
PhD:
  • Alastair Wells: Modern learning environments as an agent of teaching and learning. Completed 2018

Current Supervisions

MEd and MEdL:

  • Prasad Patchigalla: Transition or transformation? A critical evaluation of the influence of digital technology on teaching and learning at one New Zealand secondary school, with specific reference to the school-wide implementation of OneNote Class Notebook.
  • Daryl Parkin: The lived experiences of student representatives in a New Zealand polytechnic: A critical examination.
  • Marina Binns: The encouragement and development of curiosity within the school context at a strategic level.
  • Richard Kearney: Postdigital Visual Literacy and Edusemiotics

MPhil

  • Sana Farooq: The critically reflective practice of online educators: Constructing a dialogic pedagogy in virtual learning environments.
  • Mark Barnard: Crossing Borders: Border Pedagogy and the Formation of Emerging Adults in Theological Education

PhD:

  • Brian Moreton: 'It's not fair!' An Interpretation of the Nature and Meaning of an Experience of Unfairness, in a Middle School, in Aotearoa. (Secondary supervisor).

Research Areas:

Philosophy and theory of education

  • Paulo Freire's contribution to thinking about education
  • Teachers' work (in particular ILE)
  • Teachers critical reflective practice
  • Development of communities of critical professional enquiry
  • Developing philosophical approaches to teaching thinking in New Zealand schools
  • The role of Philosophy for Children (P4C) in New Zealand schools as a relevant thinking pedagogy.

Education policy

  • The New Zealand Curriculum (the front-end – analysis and application)
  • The establishment and development of ILE

Organisation and educational leadership

  • Organisational learning (linking to communities of critical professional enquiry)
  • Vision sustainability
  • Ethical leading.

Current Research Projects:

  • The influence of 21st century learning imperatives on the work of teachers and principals
  • Transitions in the practice of teachers in Innovative Learning Environments (ILE)
  • Pedagogy in ILE
  • Parental and community voice in the establishment of ILE
  • Establishing learning environments to achieve dispositional outcomes

Schedule:

  • European Conference on Educational Research (ECER). Sept 2018
  • British Education Research Conference (BERA). Sept 2019
  • New Zealand Association for Research in Education (NZARE) Conference. Nov 2019
  • Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Conference. Dec 2019

Publications:

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Books

  • Benade, L. (2012). From technicians to teachers: Ethical teaching in the context of globalized education reform. New York, NY: Continuum International.
  • Benade, L. (2017). Being a teacher in the 21st century: A critical New Zealand research study. Singapore: Springer Nature. https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-3782-5
  • Benade, L. & Jackson, M. (2018). Transforming education: Design & governance in global contexts. Singapore: Springer Nature. doi: 10.1007/978-981-10-5678-9.

Book chapters

  • Benade, L. (2012). A (neoliberal) vision for the teaching profession: Using a policy analysis strategy to clarify issues of formulation and implementation. In M. Stephenson, I. Duhn, V. Carpenter, and Airini (Eds.) Changing worlds. Auckland: Pearson, 44–55.
  • Benade, L. (2013). Emergentism and Social Realism: How do these approaches to knowledge inform teacher education and curriculum? In: T. (AC). Besley & M. A. Peters (Eds). Re-imagining the Creative University for the 21st Century. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers, 135—147.
  • Benade, L. Bertelsen, E. & Lewis, L. (2018). Reimagining and reshaping spaces of learning: Constituting innovative and creative lifelong learners. In L. Benade & M. Jackson (Eds.). Transforming education: Design & governance in global contexts. Singapore: Springer Nature. doi: doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-5678-9_3
  • Benade, L., Hubbard, B., & Lamb, L. (2017). Research in the workplace: The possibilities for practitioner and organisational learning offered by a school-university research partnership. In M. Peters, B. Cowie, & I. Menter (Eds). A companion to research in teacher education, pp. 299-312. Singapore: Springer Nature
  • Benade, L. & White, J. (2015). A dialogue about dialogue: Freire and Bakhtin talk pedagogy in response to ‘Percy’s problem’. In M. Peters & T. Besley (Eds). Paulo Freire: The Global Legacy. New York, NY: Peter Lang Publishers, 397–408.
  • Wells, A., Jackson, M. & Benade, L. (2018). Modern Learning Environments: Embodiment of a disjunctive encounter. In L. Benade & M. Jackson (Eds.). Transforming education: Design & governance in global contexts. Singapore: Springer Nature. doi: doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-5678-9_1

Peer reviewed articles

  • Benade, L.  (2012) Are School Visions Sustainable? Assessing the Relevance of Senge's Notion of Shared Visions (2012). New Zealand Journal of Educational Leadership, Policy and Practice Vol 27 (1), 64-73.
  • Benade, L. (2013). Book Review of Elizabeth Rata (2012). The Politics of Knowledge in Education. New York/London: Routledge Taylor and Francis Group. NZ Sociology, 28(1), 204-206. View at the National Library.
  • Benade, L. (2014). Shame: Does it have a place in an education for democratic citizenship? Educational Philosophy and Theory. DOI:10.1080/00131857.2014.880644
  • Benade, L. (2014).  Knowledge and educational research in the context of '21st century learning'. European Educational Research Journal. 13(2), 338-349.  Doi.org/10.2304/eerj.2014.13.3.338
  • Benade, L. (2014). Developing democratic dispositions and enabling crap detection: Claims for classroom philosophy with special reference to Western Australia and New Zealand, Educational Philosophy and Theory, 46(11), 1243–1257. doi:10.1080/00131857.2013.771447.
  • Benade, L. (2014). Knowledge and educational research in the context of '21st century learning'. European Educational Research Journal, 13(2), 338-349. doi.org/10.2304/eerj.2014.13.3.338
  • Benade, L.; Gardner, M.; Teschers, C.; & Gibbons, A. (2014).  21st Century learning in New Zealand: Leadership insights and perspectives. New Zealand Journal of Educational Leadership, Policy and Practice, 29(2), 47–60.
  • Benade, L. (2015). Teachers' critical reflective practice in the context of twenty-first century learning. Open Review of Educational Research 2(1), 42-54. doi:10.1080/23265507.2014.998159.
  • Benade, L. (2015). Teaching as inquiry: Well intentioned, but fundamentally flawed. New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies, 50(1), 107–120.doi:10.1007/s40841-015-0005-0
  • Benade, L. (2015). Shame: Does it have a place in an education for democratic citizenship? Educational Philosophy and Theory 47(7), 661–674doi:10.1080/00131857.2014.880644
  • Benade, L. (2015). Bits, bytes and dinosaurs: Using Levinas and Freire to address the concept of 'twenty-first century learning'. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 47(9) 935–948. doi: 10.1080/00131857.2015.1035159.
  • Benade, L. (2015). Postgraduate research supervision as a partnership in the context of Freire's dialogical pedagogy. Knowledge Cultures, 3(5), 102-115. Retrieved from addletonacademicpublishers.com/knowledge-cultures
  • Benade, L. (2016, in press). Teachers' reflective practice in the context of 21st century learning: Applying Vagle's Five-Component Post-Intentional Plan for Phenomenological Research. Open Review of Educational Research.
  • Benade, L. (2016, Published online: 22 May 2016). Teaching and critically reflective practice in Freire. In M.A. Peters (ed.), Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory, doi 10.1007/978-981-287-532-7_107-1.
  • Benade, L. (2016, Published online: 24 May 2016). The role of trust in reflective practice. Educational Philosophy and Theory doi: 10.1080/00131857.2016.1142415
  • Benade, L. (2016). Is the classroom obsolete in the twenty-first century? Educational Philosophy and Theory, 49(8), 796-807. doi:10.1080/00131857.2016.1269631
  • Benade, L., De Lautour, N., Stover, S. & Stewart, G. (2017). In the market for an ECE transition-to-school programme? Knowledge Cultures, 5(4), 81-90: doi:22381/KC5420176
  • Benade, L. (2017). The evolution of policy: A critical examination of school property under the National-led Government. Waikato Journal of Education, 22(1), 97-112. doi: 10.15663/wje.v22i1.558
  • Benade, L. (2019 Early online). Flexible learning spaces: Inclusive by design? New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies. doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s40841-019-00127-2
  • Peters, M., Jandric, P., Irwin, R., Locke, K., Devine, N., Heraud, R., . . . Benade, L. (2016). Towards a philosophy of academic publishing. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 48(14), 1401-1425. doi:10.1080/00131857.2016.1240987
  • Jandric, P, Devine N, Jackson, Elizabeth, Peters, M. A.,… Benade, L. (2017). Collective writing: An inquiry into praxis. Knowledge Cultures 5(1), 85-109 doi:10.22381/KC5120177
  • Jackson, L., Peters, M.A., Benade, L., Devine, N., Arndt, S… Ozoliņš, J. (2018). Is peer review in academic publishing still working?, Open Review of Educational Research, 5(1), 95-112, doi: 10.1080/23265507.2018.1479139

Editorials and book reviews

  • Benade, L. (2012)  Challenging the Domestication of Critical Reflection and Practitioner Reflectivity. Guest Editorial: Educational Philosophy and Theory, 44 (4), 337–341.
  • Benade, L. (2013). Book Review of Elizabeth Rata (2012). The Politics of Knowledge in Education. New York/London: Routledge Taylor and Francis Group. NZ Sociology, 28(1), 204-206. View at the National Library.
  • Benade, L. (2015. Published online: 05 Nov 2015). Learned societies, practitioners and their 'professional' societies: Grounds for developing closer links. Educational Philosophy and Theory. doi: 10.1080/00131857.2015.1104953
  • Benade, L. (2015). Partnership, power and education. Knowledge Cultures, 3(5), 11-15. Retrieved from addletonacademicpublishers.com/contents-kc
  • Benade, L. (2015). The transformative educative prospects of flexible learning environments. New Zealand Journal of Teachers' Work, 12(1), 9-13. Retrieved from teachworkojs.aut.ac.nz/
  • Benade, L. & Devine, N. (2016). Revisiting the early world. Educational Philosophy and Theory: Incorporating ACCESS. Special Issue: ACCESS: Special Issue on Elwyn Richardson, 48(7), 657-659. doi:10.1080/00131857.2016.1182337.
  • Benade, L & Jackson, M. (2017). Introduction to ACCESS special issue: Modern learning environments. Educational Philosophy and Theory: Incorporating ACCESS. Special Issue: Modern Learning Environments, 49(8), 744-788. doi: https//dx.doi.org/10.1080/00131857.2017.1317986
  • Benade, L., Devine, N. & Stewart, G. (2018). New times for education policy in Aotearoa-New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies. 53(1), 1-3. doi:http://doi.org/10.1007/s40841-018-0108-5
  • Devine, N. & Benade, L. (2015). 'Quality' and curriculum. New Zealand Journal of Teachers' Work, 11(2), 157-158. Retrieved from teachworkojs.aut.ac.nz
  • Devine, N. & Benade, L. (2015). What's in a name? New Zealand Journal of Teachers' Work, 12(1), 1-3.doi: https://doi.org/10.24135/teacherswork.v12i1.43
  • Devine, N. & Benade, L., (2015). Shifting to super principals. New Zealand Journal of Teachers' Work, 12(2), 96-98. doi: https://doi.org/10.24135/teacherswork.v12i2.177
  • Devine, N. & Benade, L., (2016). Teaching as Inquiry–Mandated requirement or critical disposition? New Zealand Journal of Teachers' Work, 13(1), 1-3. doi: https://doi.org/10.24135/teacherswork.v13i1.90
  • Devine, N. & Benade, L., (2016). Educators behaving badly. New Zealand Journal of Teachers' Work, 13(2), 79-80. doi: https://doi.org/10.24135/teacherswork.v13i1.80
  • Devine, N. & Benade, L., (2017). Courage, freedom and educational know-how. New Zealand Journal of Teachers' Work, 14(1), 1-2. doi: https://doi.org/10.24135/teacherswork.v13i2.97
  • Devine, N. & Benade, L., (2017). Teaching matters. New Zealand Journal of Teachers' Work, 14(2), 69-72. doi: https://doi.org/10.24135/teacherswork.v14i2.230